The Family Violence Intervention Program is a pre-trial diversionary program, allowing first-time juvenile domestic violence offenders to mediate conflicts and seek alternative resources, rather than proceeding directly to court. Participants have the opportunity to resolve family conflicts, receive counseling to deter future violent acts and potentially avoid a family breakup. Case plans are devised in mediation, and the child and family are supervised for four to six months after mediation.
As an alternative to court proceedings, the program provides opportunities for first time juvenile domestic violence offenders and their victim/families to receive and complete mediation services, as well as anger management groups and family counseling referrals in order to reduce incidents of domestic violence.
Services are voluntary for first time juvenile offenders charged with domestic battery.
If the youth commits another violent offense, commits another criminal offense, or runs away, the case is immediately sent back to court. Non-compliance of the case plan by the participant or family may also result in sending a case back to court for prosecution.
No. Cases are only accepted upon referral from the State Attorney’s Office.
The program is located at the Main Courthouse (205 N Dixie Hwy, Ste 5.1130, West Palm Beach, FL 33401)
The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
205 N. Dixie Hwy, Ste 5.1130West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 355-2678(561) 355-1664